CYBERCRIME AMONG MALAYSIAN YOUTH

This study investigates the impact of modern technologies on Malaysian youth engagement in cybercrime. A cross-sectional survey is used to provide information about the youth behaviour. The study population comprises Malaysia youth aged between 15 and 35 years old. A total of 1,150 questionnaires were distributed to youth. The study finds that longer hours spent on Internet or technology related activities promote cybercrime activities. From the regression analysis, the study finds that the common mediums or channels to carry out cybercrime activities are emails, blog creation, online transactions and new technology. The regression analysis also finds that age (younger youth), gender (male), ethnicity (Bumiputera), accommodation (Flat/Apartment/Condominium) and region (Klang Valley) are the significant socio demographic variables influencing youth involvement in cybercrimes. The study proposes recommendations that are divided into two main sections. The first section of recommendations is based on direct findings of the study while the second section of recommendations is more of a general recommendation to curb negative influence of technology on youth.

Keywords: Cybercrime, Modern Technology, Youth

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